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5 Ways Parents Can Teach Kids About Consent

An honest chat with children about healthy, consensual sex could not come any sooner. Time and again, society fails to educate young people — particularly young women — about sexual health. What’s more, in the United States, abstinence-only sex education is the rule, not the exception — and studies show it actually hurts kids as they grow into adolescence. [...]

Teach Your Teen About Body Positivity

“Body positivity” is one of today’s biggest buzzwords. Magazines are filled with photos of impossibly beautiful women and unrealistically handsome men. Their skin, hair, eyes and smiles are perfect. The women are all whipcord thin but somehow manage to have a generous bust and a perky rear end. The men all have lean bodies with [...]

By | 2018-02-05T10:36:22+00:00 February 1st, 2018|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Civic Activities Help Teenagers Become Successful Adults

Want to help your teenagers become successful adults? Get them involved in civic activities - voting, volunteering and activism. Although parents providing this bit of advice to teens will likely be met with groans and eye rolling, research does back it up. In a study published in the current issue of the journal Child Development, scientists [...]

The Many Benefits For Teenagers to Have Jobs

If your teenager heads back to school next year, you might be already thinking about what after-school activities they’re going to do. Footy? Netball? Soccer? Recent research shows that another option — adolescent work experience — can pay big dividends later in life. Many schools and parents push children to engage in excessive after-school activities. [...]

By | 2018-01-08T15:04:25+00:00 January 8th, 2018|Categories: Science & Research, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

E-cigarette Use Among Youth Leads To Smoking As Adults Finds Study

E-cigarettes and vaping is considered to be a harmless version of the real thing with many manufacturers selling them to the youth. There are candy and a host of other flavoured e-cigarettes that are being sold to the youth. A new study from the University of Pittsburgh has found that use of these among the [...]

By | 2017-12-20T12:14:33+00:00 December 20th, 2017|Categories: Drugs & Alcohol, Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , , |0 Comments

Teens on Digital Detox – The Shocking Results

I never realised just how damaging our obsession with smartphones and our switched-on lifestyle was, nor how addictive screen time was, until I put my teenagers on an extended digital detox. The results were swift and shocking, raising the question of just what is happening to the selfie generation and whether we have more to fear [...]

Alcohol Puts Teens at Risk of Insomnia

A new study has examined the development of mental health problems and resilience among at-risk youth. It may be considered as one of the most common "sleep aids" people employ to help them drift off at night, but according to a recent study, alcohol can actually be a roadblock to good sleep in teenagers. The [...]

‘Steep Rise’ In Self-Harm Among Teenage Girls

There has been a steep rise in reports of self-harm among girls aged 13 to 16, according to a study of data from GP practices across the UK. The BMJ study, which looked at figures from 2011-2014, said GPs could be getting better at picking up self-harm. But it was likely that rising stress and [...]

By | 2017-10-23T12:29:26+00:00 October 23rd, 2017|Categories: Mental Health & Wellbeing, Mental Illness|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Why Bullied Children Are Reluctant To Seek Help From Teachers

In Australia, approximately one student in five is bullied at school every few weeks or more often. Many of these students suffer serious emotional and psychological harm, such as persistent anxiety, depression and suicidal thinking, and are unable to concentrate on their school work. It is clear they need help. Teachers routinely inform students that [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:47:40+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Bullying|Tags: , , , , , , , |0 Comments

Teenagers Are As Sedentary As 60-year-olds By Age 19

The adolescent years are when people's bodies are supposed to start the ascent to their physical peak. Teenagers are growing like beanstalks. Their hormones are raging. They're eager for new experiences. By all accounts, this should be among the most active periods in a person's lifetime. Except it turns out it's not. In an eye-opening study [...]

By | 2017-07-03T16:45:55+00:00 July 3rd, 2017|Categories: Society & Culture|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments